The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

March 31, 2013

Beckley Area Foundation announces 2013 grants

BECKLEY — Beckley Area Foundation’s annual community grant program accepts applications from Raleigh County schools, 501-c-3 nonprofit organizations and government institutions. These groups submit requests addressing emergent needs, program services and community projects in the areas of arts, education, civic beautification, public recreation, health and human services.

The Beckley Area Foundation Board of Directors has approved recommendations made by the 2013 Distributions Committee funding for 48 grants and six special projects totaling $196,825.

This committee comprised of 30 citizens representing a cross-section of Raleigh County’s population and led by Chair Leslei Syner Hinzman, spent long hours considering requests totaling more than double the amount of dollars available for awarding.

Hinzman noted how “these individuals demonstrate an inspirational selfless dedication when evaluating how to best fulfill our citizens’ needs as expressed in the applications.”

Crucial to this grant program are the donors who established unrestricted and field of interest endowments, the organizations and volunteers which devote time and research to submit an application and the distribution committee volunteers as they provide the manpower for reviewing and recommending awards.

In addition to the 55 named and four general unrestricted endowments, a number of charitable donors established field of interest funds specified to benefit an area of need such as arts, children or environment, rather than a particular charity. Field of interest funds supplementing 2013 grant awards are Flying Eagle Economic Development Fund, Lewis McManus Fund, Nick & Daley Rahall Memorial Fund and the David Bledsoe Tieche Fund.

The 2013 grant awards, recommended by the committee and approved by the BAF Board of Directors are as follows:


Quota International of Beckley Inc., materials for sculpting vessels for “Empty Bowls” fundraiser, $1,150; School of Harmony, sound/projection system for instructional programs, $5,828;

Tamarack Foundation, website development for Raleigh County Arts Trail, $1,500; Theatre West Virginia Inc., educational touring company sound system, $5,148.95; West Virginia Dance Company, marketing material production, $1,875;

West Virginia Music Hall of Fame Inc., Traveling Museum to Raleigh County elementary schools, $3,500; Woodrow Wilson High School Band Boosters, equipment trailer, $5,230; Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia, internal wireless communication system, $1,462.

Health and Human Services

Beckley Dream Center, warming cabinets for feeding program, $2,775; Beckley Health Right, diabetic disease management program supplies, $7,000; Beckley Raleigh County Convention Center Inc., washer and dryer, $2,089.19; Coal City Volunteer Fire Department, replace fire hose, $2,000;

Ghent Volunteer Fire Department, thermal imaging camera, $2,000; Helping Hands Resource Center, food pantry supplies, $7,000; Hospice of Southern West Virginia Inc., security surveillance system, $7,000; Humane Society of Raleigh County, Shelter improvements, $4,500; Lillian James Learning Center, expand stock of water bottles and coolers, $6,820;

Perry Memorial United Methodist Church, hot food table for community food program, $2,721.04; Raleigh County Animal Rescue, spay/neuter program for low income families’ pets, $4,000; Rhodell Volunteer Fire Department, fire detectors for fire prevention program, $1,750; Stormhaven, facility window replacement, $5,005.35;

United Way of Southern West Virginia, new phone system, $1,260; WVU Foundation-Eye Institute, provide visually impaired children with tools to become independent/employable, $2,500; Wild Spirit Horse Sanctuary Inc. transportable arena for use in equine therapy program, $3,500; Women’s Resource Center, support for training regional Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners, $4,000.

Civic Beautification

Appalachian Coal Country Watershed Team, copier and software purchase, $949; Beckley Renaissance, purchase shade sails and United States flags, $1,350; Piney Creek Watershed Association, expansion of pet waste station program, $920.50;

Raleigh County Make It Shine, support for New River Park improvements design work, $5,000; Raleigh County 4-H Youth Camp Inc., challenge grant to assist in purchasing lawn tractor, $2,650.


21st CCLS Afterschool Program, Beckley-Stratton Middle School, Immersion through 21st century technology and arts project, $6,361.82; Academy of Careers and Technology, Pathway Program Option 1 incentives, $500; Clear Fork Elementary School, supplies for outdoor shelter/classroom, $2,361.03;

College Summit Inc., scholarships for Raleigh County students participation in workshop, $3,000; Health Sciences and Technology Academy, computers to assist eligible students pursuing college, $2,500; Liberty High School, improving school attendance through a technology integration and community collaboration project, $4,132.95;

Raleigh County Public Library, “Crafting Corner Library” tools, $750; Youth Leadership Association, scholarships, $1,500; Raleigh County Board of Education, underwriting for arts performances at WWHS, $5,500; Shady Spring Elementary, concert support, $1,800;

University of Charleston, support for UC-Beckley launch phase, $7,000; West Virginia State University Research & Development Corporation, provide Raleigh County students STEM instruction through school, afterschool and outreach programs, $3,500.

Public Recreation

Beckley Babe Ruth League Inc., replace four foul poles, $1,415.56; Marsh Fork Alumni Association Inc., basketball court construction at Marsh Fork High School Memorial Park, $4,500;

New River Gorge Regional Development Authority, support for construction of fishing deck by Boy Scouts of America at Marsh Fork High School Memorial Park, $2,006;

Raleigh County Commission on Aging, purchase of a recumbent stepper, $3,519; Town of Sophia, playground equipment for town park, $3,304.

Special Projects

Labor Day Concert, $7,250; Senior Scholars, $1,500; Raleigh County Teacher of Year Awards, $3,500; School Service Personnel Awards, $375; Students First Mini-Grants, $5,000; VH1 Save the Music Matching Grant, $15,000.


If you wish to contribute to the permanent endowment supporting the foundation’s community grant program, make checks payable to BAF-General Unrestricted Fund and mail to Beckley Area Foundation, 129 Main St., Suite 203, Beckley, WV 25801.

Call 304-253-3806 for further information.